Sir Ralph Robins appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Gama Group

Monday 2nd July 2012

Gama, the global business aviation and services group today announces the appointment of Sir Ralph Robins as Non-Executive Chairman.

Sir Ralph Robins needs no introduction. His achievements during his tenure as Chief Executive Officer and latterly Executive Chairman of Rolls-Royce plc are well documented and speak for themselves.

"I am delighted that Sir Ralph is joining the board of Gama at a time of significant expansion and I am very much looking forward to working with him," said Marwan Khalek, CEO of Gama Group. "Sir Ralph's unique blend of aerospace, international business, corporate governance experience and know-how will ensure that we deliver even better value to our customers, employees and investors."

"As Gama head toward their 30th anniversary, they have established a proven track record of successful expansion and sustainable growth in this challenging market segment," said Sir Ralph. "I am very pleased to join Marwan and the management team and provide them with support and advice as they look forward to the next thirty years of growth."

  • About GAMA

Gama is a global business aviation services organization, founded in 1983 in the UK by Marwan Khalek and Stephen Wright.

Gama employs over 400 personnel and operates over 80 business aircraft around the globe and over 30 operating bases across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.

Gama Group is headquartered at Farnborough Airport in the UK, with its American headquarters in Stratford, CT, its Middle East and North Africa headquarters at Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and its Asian headquarters in Hong Kong.

The group's companies and affiliates hold EU-OPS, FAA Part 135 and UAE GCAA Charter Certificates, FAA Part 145 Maintenance Approvals, Part 21 Design and Manufacture Approvals and offer business aircraft charter, management, FBO, maintenance, valeting and aviation software services.

Recent expansion of services have included the exclusive provision of executive aircraft ground services at Sharjah International Airport, UAE and the establishment of Gama Engineering Ltd, affording fixed and rotor wing aircraft operators a comprehensive design, manufacturing, certification, maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification service at Fairoaks Airport, UK. Gama's most recent acquisition Ronaldson Airmotive is fully EASA Part 145 certified for the provision of engine and component overhaul services.

  • About Sir Ralph Robins

Sir Ralph established his reputation as Chief Executive Officer and latterly Executive Chairman of Rolls Royce Group plc, and his extensive aviation experience also includes serving as President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies and Chairman of the Defence Industries Council.

Other senior directorship and advisory posts have included serving as a Non-Executive Director of Cooper Industries plc, HSBC's Corporate Investment Banking and Markets division (specialising in automotive and industrials sectors), Chairman of Cable & Wireless plc, Independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered PLC and Non-Executive Director of Schroders plc. Sir Ralph also holds a number of senior corporate advisory positions including at JCB, Carlton Financial Services and Hakluyt Ltd.

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